After a lengthy drought, real estate lawyers are a hot commodity again.

The biggest firms in Philadelphia and other cities with booming real estate markets say finding lawyers skilled in handling the zoning, tax, and transactional pieces of complex projects has become a near impossibility.

“Voracious is the word that I would use to describe what is going on,” said Bart Mellits, chair of Ballard Spahr’s real estate department, which has more than 100 lawyers. “We cannot hire enough real estate lawyers.”

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